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Why not make the garden feel like another room?

Updated: Nov 1, 2022

Tony met our client, Simon, through BNI which is a networking organization, and so when Simon needed to extend his house it was natural to contact Building Tectonics. Simon and his family had two major requirements;

1) to have a larger kitchen, eating and family space, and the second is

2) that this space should open out onto the garden.

These two requests are probably the two most popular requirements of our clients, and we design a lot of such extensions. In essence, the design of such an extension is quite straightforward, although as always it’s easy when everything is thought through and difficult when it goes wrong. The devil is in the detail, as they say.


The resulting space has worked very well and our clients have done a great job on the interior design. The resultant new space works well with the external folding sliding doors shut but it really scores when the weather allows the doors to be fully opened and the garden is allowed to become part of the living space. When you get this right, the garden can feel like another room. The size of the garden, its sense of enclosure created by the garden walls and of course the house itself, help to engender this feeling, which is of course quite transient since at a moment's notice the bi-fold doors can be closed again. Just as well in our climate, you might say, but it is so nice to be able to make the most of a nice warm day when we do have one.


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Written by Tony Keller – Building Tectonics Ltd.

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